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US resident first road death of year

Car overturns on Solomon Hochoy Highway...

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

UNITED STATES resident Leon Jagroop has become this country’s first road fatality for 2014.

The 20-year-old’s car overturned on the north bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway yesterday morning.

He died while being treated at hospital. Jagroop is the son of police Inspector Salick Jagroop who is attached to the Point Fortin Police Station.

The younger Jagroop, a safety officer who lived in Queens, New York came to Trinidad on vacation on December 4.

Relatives could not say where Jagroop was heading when the crash occurred but said that hours earlier he was having fun with family members.

He was remembered by them as a “jolly person”.

Jagroop was expected to return to the US tomorrow to take up a position in the United States army.

However, around 3.30 a.m.  Jagroop, who was staying at Mohess Road, Debe, lost control of his silver Toyota Corolla along the south bound lane of the highway, near Claxton Bay.

The car overturned and landed on the north bound lane of the roadway.

Jagroop was rushed to the San Fernando General Hospital where he died while being treated.

Brandon Mahabir of Boodoo Trace, Debe who was in the car with Jagroop, is in critical condition at the hospital.

Corporal Roopnarine of the St Margaret’s police station is investigating.

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